Basingstoke Town Football Club are pleased to announce the continuation of “The Journey” with the Junior Premier League (JPL). The project has been running for four years, giving the opportunity for children to train with the senior club of the town. The JPL is the highest standard league for youth football outside of the Pro Academy League, with BTFC currently competing across five teams in the JPL.
The club has a clear pathway in place for any aspiring football player to develop. The coaching team employed by BTFC is the best in the local area, with the vast majority of the coaching staff being UEFA qualified, that being UEFA B license and UEFA A license – giving players of all ages in the community the best opportunity to develop further. We make training challenging to every child and this will make all the difference, add to this our number one rule, having fun, this project is ideal for any player looking to learn, improve, excel and be part of “The Journey” at BTFC from a very young age, all the way through to the first team.
By providing a pressure free and enjoyable environment for players to learn in, we will help them on their journey to reach their full potential. As a club we will instil confidence, positivity and innovation into our players. This will contribute to them becoming creative footballers who play with the correct mindset.
Our playing philosophy consists of four main areas:
Keep the ball with patience looking for the correct time to penetrate.
TRANSITION FROM ATTACK/DEFENCE
Delay, cover, support, control and restrain the opponent.
OUT OF POSSESSION
Press the opponent in an organised fashion to win back ball possession.
TRANSITION FROM DEFENCE/ATTACK
Try and counter attack or keep possession.
The youth set up will be subdivided into 3 phases of development:
The Foundation Phase is the starting point for all young players within the youth set up. This starts at under 7 through to under 11. The programme children will benefit from will be largely technical with a lot of decision making. We will strive to provide each player with quality support by targeting the development of the player as a whole, providing a comprehensive framework for the young footballer to progress through our youth structure at BTFC.
Foundation Phase training sessions will consist of technical exercises with occasionally un-opposed scenario’s but largely opposed practices. Small sided games will be key in the development of these children to build understanding in pressured situations. We will ensure all players are given the time to play and develop key intellectual properties and the opportunity to link key object control and movement skills with game application. This will provide several benefits for the player including:
The Advanced Development Phase is the second phase of three for our players and will strive to build on the technical, physical and decision making gains of the Foundation Phase. Tactical understanding will now be applied and socially the group will be required to be very good. The objective is to consolidate their understanding of the 9 v 9 and 11 v 11 game whilst learning to compete. There is one syllabus in place that will provide a thorough framework for age-group coaches to work from; ensuring all contact time incorporates meaningful practice, repetition and maintenance of key skills and specific fitness developments.
We believe that the smaller the area in which games take place, the more touches and involvement you will have participating as a player. Below is proven research to support our philosophy. Small sided games have been found to have:
[The above stats were monitored and assessed by Manchester United within their academy. These stats were compared against an 8 v 8 set]
All age groups will work off two schemes of work throughout the season. These will be drawn from our philosophy on how we develop players and how we want them moulded for the future. The syllabus will be provided to the coaches who will work according to it to develop our players into fantastic decision makers on a football pitch.
In football, technique is the execution of a decision. In gymnastics, technique is the execution of a technique - Raymond Verheijen
If your child is interested in signing up for our Junior Premier League sides, please get in touch using the contact form below – we look forward to hearing from you.